If you’ve ever googled “splash pads in Long Beach,” well, then you are well-versed in the feeling of disappointment. It’s true, there is a dearth of splash pads in Long Beach. Long Beach has fantastic family-friendly beaches and a good number of public pools, but definitely a lack of splash pad and wading pools for the littlest littles.
Luckily, we’re smack-dab in the middle of a giant metropolis and we can venture to surrounding cities for most of our splash pad needs. Read on for our public pool, splash pad, and water play picks for Long Beach, Lakewood, Carson, Cerritos, and more. (You can see a map of them all here.)
7575 Carson Blvd, Long Beach, CA
This is really the only splash pad in Long Beach. I do like it though. It’s small, but it has a nice setup with Adirondack chairs for parents to hang out in and a nearby small playground, plus easy access to boba and Starbucks and train rides for kiddos on the weekends.
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14618 Orange Ave, Paramount
A nice splash pad with lots of water structures, tends to get crowded as well.
10660 Western Ave. Stanton
If you’re up for just a bit of a drive, this is one of our fave near-ish splash pads. It’s right next to this massive train-themed playground too, has a decent amount of shade, and even has a mini ropes course play area for kids.
1004 W C Street, Wilmington
A pretty simple splash pad that’s adjacent to a bigger playground, the main drawback is a serious lack of shade.
13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove
The only one on this list that isn’t 100% free, Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove will run you $2 for kids 3 and up, though 2 and under are still free.
7200 Plaza St, Westminster
A nice, enclosed splash pad with tons of amenities. One of our personal faves, though it does get crowded.
18025 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos
A small splash pad that seems like it may have originally been intended as just a decorative fountain, but it works well after a visit to the library on a hot day.
19211 Studebaker Rd, Cerritos
One of the better, more inteacrtive splash pads around, our kids love filling up the water bucket for a big splash!
13234 E 166th St, Cerritos
A tiny splash pad perfect for toddlers, you need to go into the office to ask them to turn it on for you.
18830 San Gabriel Ave, Cerritos
Another small one, and same deal with several of these Cerritos splash pads: you need to go into the office to ask them to turn it on for you.
We may not have splash pads, but Lakewood has wading pools in abundance. And they area all free! They are super fun for very small kids and babies, the only downside is on those super hot days the water feels like a warm bath.
They also have odd hours, so heads up:
Open 11am – 4pm daily:
Open 11am–4pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
Open 11am–4pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:
The wading pools at Mae Boyar Park, Del Valle Park, Mayfair Park and San Martin Park are typically open from 5–7:30pm on Wednesday evenings.
10500 E. Flora Vista Street, Bellflower
A free wading pool in Bellflower that often is overlooked and doesn’t get all too crowded.
Closed Summer 2019 for renovations
19700 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos
This one is attached to a larger public swimming pool that is also free. It’s probably one of the bigger wading pools, and does get crowded on hot days, but it’s nice that it’s part of the bigger pool complex if you want to go to the deep end too.
Appian Way below 2nd St., Long Beach
This is the popular beach for kiddos in and around Long Beach. It has picnic setups and a playground as well. Parking can get tough, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more kid-friendly, waveless beach location.
5119 E Colorado St., Long Beach
A recently-restored natural wetland that serves as a perfect watering hole for families. A little more river-like than an ocean beach, but still perfect on a hot day. There’s also a nicely shaded playground here.
Ocean & Bayshore, Long Beach
There’s a nice playground here and in Summer 2018 they added an awesome and free inflatable water playground for kids who are able to swim. Highly recommended.
Hang tight we’re wrapping up this list soon with public and private pools we recommend.
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